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Hollow Book 3!

The third book in the Hollow fantasy series, A Taste of Steel, is available from your favourite online store!

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Never tell anyone your dreams

We’re having a pint together in the pub, sitting at an old wooden table at the back of the room next to a fly-specked poster advertising a gig featuring a pop group from the eighties. There’s only one other patron in the place. He leans sideways against the wall, his grey hair pressed against a […]

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How to get from Earth to Hollow

If you don’t have a portal handy then the next easiest way to get to Hollow is via the interstices. Interstitial travel is not for the faint hearted but, with our comprehensive guide, you’ll be winging your way to the quirky outside-in world quicker than a Salagunn can claim you owe him money. Check it […]

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Vanes to Increase the Effectiveness of Horizontal Wind Turbines

In the spirit of giving away ideas that might make a difference, I’ve written this wind turbines post to bang on about an idea I had years ago. I’ve searched the internet over the last few days and I haven’t found anyone else who’s had the same idea. Either that means it’s a bad concept […]

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Cars That Look Like Movie Villains

Are you one of those people who sees a face when you look at the front of a car? …

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Here be Dragons: 5 Best Dragons in Literature

On the whole, you wouldn’t want to bump into a dragon down a dark alley or in a cave or… pretty much anywhere actually. Books are where you can meet a dragon from the safety of your armchair. The books in this post are my favourites.

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Generosity

A couple of weekends ago I went to the BMFA Power Nationals. The “Nats”, as we cognoscenti call it, is the premier event in the UK for powered model planes (oh, and helicopters *raspberry*). It takes place over the August bank holiday weekend, it’s held on an RAF airfield near Grantham and attracts people from […]

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New Release: The Persistence of Poison

‘When are you going to release your next book?’ I get asked that a lot. Well, I’m pleased – no, delighted! – to announce the release of a new book in the Hollow series. It’s a prequel that tells the story of how Vester, a human and one of the main antagonists in book one […]

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Show not Tell Thursday

I’ve been using Scrivener for a couple of years now. For those who don’t know what Scrivener is, it’s software for writing books and it comes from a company called Literature and Latte. It’s a popular piece of software used by many writers around the world. I won’t sing Scrivener’s praises too much, suffice to […]

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How do you do that? Creating names for characters

Recently I was asked how I dream up names for my characters. I suppose I don’t have a single technique. After all, my novels have a mixture of aliens and humans, contemporary and otherwise. For the contemporary humans I use names that are reasonably common today. Writers often base their characters on people they know and […]